Photography is a difficult industry in which one can make it big. Days of huge bulky equipment where faith and skill are gone. Digital technology allows that once in a lifetime shot a chance to be shot again if not up to par and editing with computer software to fix those not so perfect shots the norm. Many try this industry this day and age. Photographers especially wedding photographers, are not few and far between like they used to be. It is possible to succeed in this industry though, if you follow some simple tips.
First, you must learn the trade. To be a successful photographer, you must know what you're doing. Take some photography classes. These can be online or in a classroom. Either way, learn the trade.
Second, purchase the appropriate equipment. Photography classes or even other photographers can guide you in which equipment to buy. Don't go buying all the bells and whistles at once. Buy only what you know how to use. You can buy more advanced equipment later just buy enough to start your career.
Once you've taken a class and bought equipment, take some photos and make a portfolio. Potential clients are going to want to see samples of your work. Take some photos of your children or pet. Anything that will show a client your skills. You'll have to start small before jumping into the wedding industry.
Make a plan for your business. Price your services per your skill level. Do not under price your services. If someone has viewed your portfolio, and hired you, you are good enough to charge decent prices. You can choose to offer clients certain packages or even all the photographs as a whole. It's entirely up to you and the client.
Once you've been hired by a client and shoot your first wedding, congratulations, you are officially a professional wedding photographer. Ask the client's permission to keep a couple of the photos to add to your portfolio and continue growing your business.